Fertiliser bag recycling program targets 1000t

Cane industry's fertiliser bag recycling program targets 1000t

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WASTE RECOVERY: Cane growers are on target to recycle 1000 tonnes of fertiliser bags.

WASTE RECOVERY: Cane growers are on target to recycle 1000 tonnes of fertiliser bags.

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Cane growers in Queensland and NSW are on target to recycle 1000 tonnes of fertiliser bags.

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CANE growers are hoping to make this year’s fertiliser bag recycling drive a 1000 tonne event.

CANEGROWERS chief executive officer Dan Galligan said during last year’s trial an amazing 82,333 bags representing 247 tonnes of fertiliser bags were collected

“It exceeded expectations as growers embraced the opportunity to keep this plastic out of landfill sites,” Mr Galligan said.

“We welcome the news that Farm Waste Recovery has now made this scheme a permanent fixture in the cane growing industry. It demonstrates the commitment of our growers to the environment and means that this resource will be melted down and re-used.”

The recycling program is backed by Incitec Pivot and Impact Fertilisers. Their retailers and resellers are collection points for fertiliser bags in all Queensland and NSW cane regions. Many local government depots are also accepting bags.

Farm Waste Recovery chief executive officer Stephen Richards said the 2015 trial proved to plastic processors that there was a valuable resource that they could access for products including bar stools, plastic pipes and outdoor furniture.

“From Mossman to Sarina last year we collected enough plastic to make 1300 park benches,” Mr Richards said.

“Now we have expanded to all Queensland and NSW cane growing regions. This year our target is 1000t meaning tidier farms and less rubbish in landfill. I’m excited by what this can achieve. The trial provided work for seven people so by making this an annual event, we can create permanent jobs in regional areas.”

Farm Waste Recovery and CANEGROWERS acknowledge the support of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in the running of the trial and its evaluation.

CLICK HERE for more information about Farm Waste Recovery.

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